Research projects

 

Our Research Projects – Updated Spring 2018

 

The Institute, founded in 2011, places research at the core of its activities. The training of mental health professionals includes courses of qualitative inquiry in action, contributing to the Institute’s ongoing research projects and to the bridging between clinical practice and research. These projects compliment the ongoing research work of the Institute’s staff in the last fifteen years, and their recent effort to develop an enriched systemic therapy approach SANE-System Attachment Narrative Encephalon ® applied to training and clinical practice.

 

Research work includes:

A.    Development of the enriched systemic therapy perspective SANE-System Attachment Narrative Encephalon® in training and supervision.

1.   Theoretical development of SANE. Guidelines for training and case conceptualization.

2.   Teaching and supervision methods and tools (eg. ID-TOC)

B.     Development of narrative methods and tools for assessment and clinical interventions

1.   Reformulation of “classic” therapy or assessment tools as narrative tools.

2.   Formulation of new tools such as the ID-CAM for therapy and for training, using narrative/dialogic and attachment notions.

3.   Development of Qualitative Criteria for Coherence in Narratives (QCCN) tool, an assessment and intervention tool that emerged as a result of narrative inquiry.

C.    Exploring the process of therapy

1.     Qualitative inquiry into the process of enriched systemic therapy with individuals, couples and groups.

2.     Qualitative inquiry into the experiences of therapists, trainees, and clients within the therapy process

D.    Narrative study of lives

1.     Psycho-biographical narrative inquiry into the lives of famous people

2.     The narrative construction of self of everyday people

Main research projects

[These references refer to papers/presentations which are either published/presented or submitted for publication/presentation, as well as to projects in preparation]

A.    Development of the enriched systemic therapy SANE-System Attachment Narrative Encephalon in training and supervision

Theoretical development of SANE

Androutsopoulou, A., Bafiti, T., & Kalarritis, G. (2014). The enriched systemic perspective SANE- System Attachment Narrative Encephalon: Selected training guidelines for clinical practice.  Human Systems. The Journal of Therapy, Consultation and Training, 25, 2, 161 - 176.

Bafiti, T., Androutsopoulou, A., Kalarritis, G. (2017, December). The application of the synthetic model of systemic therapy SANE-System Attachment Narrative Encephalon on supervision: An example. Round table presentation at the 8th one-day conference of NOPG-Greece (ΕΛΨΕ), Athens, Greece.

Kalarritis, G. (2016, September-October). ‘Our Adventures in Brainland’. Psychotherapy in the age of neurosciences. Past struggles, present practices, and future hopes. Workshop presented at the 9th EFTA Congress, Athens, Greece [in Greek].

TEDxChania (2015, October). Georgios Kalarritis: What is the job of a psychotherapist? or “When I grow up I want to be a psychotherapist” [in Greek] [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoMRQfUM45g

Kalarritis, G. (2005). Psychotherapy and neuroscience: New paths in synthesis. In G. Kalarritis & T. Bafiti (Eds.), A healthy body in a healthy mind (pp. 107-134). Athens: Ellinika Grammata [in Greek]

Teaching and supervision methods and tools

Androutsopoulou, A. (2014). ‘Many inner authors’: Practical comprehension of the “polyphonic self” in psychotherapy training. Systemic Thinking & Psychotherapy, 5, Retrieved from http://hestafta.org/ [in English and Greek]

Androutsopoulou, Α., Viou, Μ., Nikolaou, Ν., Moschakis, C., Nikolopoulou, V-Ν., Kontoni, N., Diamantaki, E. (2016). Therapist inner dialogue and first session resolution. Qualitative data from the training activity 'Inner Dialogues-Therapist Observer Client' (ID-TOC). Human Systems: The Journal of Therapy, Consultation & Training, 27, 1, 65-81.

Nikolaou, N., Androutsopoulou, A., Viou, M.,  Moschakis, C., Nikolopoulou, V., Kontoni, N.,  Diamantaki, E., (2016, September). Preliminary qualitative data from the training activity Inner Dialogues-Therapist Observer Client (ID-TOC). Paper presented at the 9th EFTA Congress, Athens, Greece.

 

B.    Development of narrative methods and tools for clinical assessment and interventions

Self-characterization as narrative tool and narrative tools combination

Androutsopoulou, A. (2015). Moments of meaning: Identifying inner voices in the autobiographical texts of 'Mark'. Qualitative Psychology, 2,130-146

Androutsopoulou, A. (2001). The self-characterization as a narrative tool: Applications in therapy with individuals and families. Family Process, 40, 79-94.

Early recollections as narrative tool

Androutsopoulou, A. (2013). The use of early recollections as a narrative aid in psychotherapy.  Counseling Psychology Quarterly, 26, 313-329.

Likomitrou, N.,  Mavroforou, A.,  Moschakis, C.,  Nikolopoulou, V-N. (2013). Making sense of current difficulties: Thematic analysis of clients’ early recollections as autobiographical stories. Human Systems: The Journal of Therapy, Consultation and Training, 24, 167-171. (Best overall poster award at the EFTA Congress 2013, Istanbul)

Dreams as narrative tool

Androutsopoulou, A. (2011). Red Balloon: Approaching dreams as self-narratives. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 37, 479-490.

        Androutsopoulou, A. (2018). ‘Stella’s dream log’. Development of dream stories in parallel and continuous thematic cycles. Manuscript in preparation

Vassilakis, P., Antonogianaki, A., Papageorgopoulou, O., Pisimisi, M., Stefanou, M-M.,Tsiougou, K. (2017, May). Monitoring therapy progress through analysis of a dream series: A single narrative case study. Symposium presentation 16th National Congress of Psychological Research of the Hellenic Psychological Association (ΕΛΨΕ), Thessaloniki,   Greece [in Greek].

Fiction tool

Androutsopoulou, A. (2001). Fiction as an aid to therapy: A narrative and family rationale for practice. Journal of Family Therapy, 23, 278-295.

Iliopoulou, S., Tsiafouti, D., Vitali, M-K., Kanellopoulos, A.,  Barouta, H., Skarakis, G., (2017, May). Completing disrupted narratives of trauma: A qualitative study of clients' favorite fictional stories. Symposium presentation at the 16th National Congress of Psychological Research of the Hellenic Psychological Association (ΕΛΨΕ), Thessaloniki, Greece [in Greek ] [available in English]

The CAT test as narrative tool

Androutsopoulou, A. , Hourmouzoglou, M., Iliopoulou, E.,  Kalamaki-Stravoskoufi,K.,  Korovilas, C.,  Papandreou, I-E., Papanikolaou, T. (2017, July). More on telling sensitive family stories: An extended narrative analysis of Children’s Apperception Test results. Poster presented at the 8th World Congress of Psychotherapy, Paris, France.

Papanikolaou, M., Iliopoulou, E.,  Kalamaki- Stravoskoufi,K.,  Korovilas, C.,  Papandreou, I-E., T. Hourmouzoglou,  (2017, May). Telling sensitive family stories: A narrative analysis of Children’s Apperception Test results. Symposium presentation at the 16th National Congress of Psychological Research of the Hellenic Psychological Association (ΕΛΨΕ), Thessaloniki, Greece [in Greek]

ID-CAM tool

 Androutsopoulou, A. & Viou, M. (2017). The guided imagery therapy activity “Inner Dialogue-Child Adult Meeting” (ID-CAM): Steps and applications. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Androutsopoulou, A. & Viou (2017, July). Inner Dialogue-Child Adult Meeting (ID-CAM): Extending the narrative analysis of protocols from a guided imagery therapy activity. Poster session presented at the 8th World Congress of Psychotherapy, Paris, France. (1st prize poster session award)

Viou, M. & Androutsopoulou, A. (2016, September). Inner Dialogue-Child Adult Meeting (ID-CAM): A narrative analysis of protocols from a guided imagery therapy activity. Paper presented at the 9th EFTA Congress, Athens.

Viou, M., Androutsopoulou, A. (2018, June). The adult self meets the child self: An activity to assess therapy progress. Abstract submitted to the 10th International Conference on the Dialogical Self (ICDS), Braga.

Drawings as narratives

 Tarnara, E. (2018, February). Drawing cancer: A narrative tool. Presented in a special event titled: “Stories of the soul… Roles of life”. Conference of the Scientific Association AKOS-Cancer Body Soul Therapy, Athens, Greece.

QCCN tool

Androutsopoulou, A., Bafiti, T., Andriosopoulou, E., Bingou, N., Giannoukakou, F., Koutsaftiki, K., Papadaki, E. (2017, May). ‘Gini’s stories’: A single case narrative analysis of therapy micro-changes using the QCCN tool. Poster presented at the 16th National Congress of Psychological Research of The Hellenic Psychological Association (ΕΛΨΕ), Thessaloniki, Greece [in Greek]

Andriosopoulou, P., Bingou, N., Giannoukakou, F., Koutsaftiki, K., Papadaki, E. (2015, May). Assessing Therapy Micro-Changes using the QCCN (Qualitative Criteria for Coherence in Narratives) Tool: A case Example. 15th National Congress of Psychological Research, of The Hellenic Psychological Association (ΕΛΨΕ), Cyprus, Nicosia. 

Androutsopoulou, A. & Bafiti, T. (2015). Qualitative Criteria for Coherence in Narratives (QCCN) as an assessment and therapy guiding tool. Working Paper Series of the Training and Research Institute for Systemic Psychotherapy, No 2015/3, Athens.

Androutsopoulou, A., Thanopoulou, K. Economou, E. & Bafiti, T. (2004). Forming criteria for assessing the coherence of clients’ life stories: A narrative study. Journal of Family Therapy, 26, 384-406.

C.     Exploring the process of therapy and therapists’ / clients’ experiences

Family and Couples therapy

Amplianiti, E., Bafiti, S., Dima, E., Gkioni, F., Kandreva, P., Kostala, M., Sanidas, G., Androutsopoulou. (2017). ‘Is that normal?’ Discourse analysis of an initial couple therapy session. Human Systems: The Journal of Therapy, Consultation and Training, 28, 245-255.

Amplianiti, E.,Bafiti, S., Dima, E., Gkioni, F.,Kandreva, P., Kostala, M., Sanidas, G. (2016, September).  Use of psycho-medical “jargon” in functions of accountability and persuasion: Discourse analysis of a couple therapy session. Poster presented at the 9th EFTA Congress, Athens.

  Viou, M. (2016, November). Dialogical approaches and family counseling: A case study. Paper presented at the 6th National Congress of Counseling Psychology of   the Hellenic Psychological Association, Athens [in Greek].

Individuals and therapy

Athanassopoulou, I., Karampasi, M., Kontoni, N., Sarantidis, M. (2013, October). Two sides of support in crises: Narrative insights into the family experiences of clients. Poster presented at the 8th EFTA Congress, Istanbul. (Most innovative poster award)

Bafiti, T., Viou, M., Moschakis, C., Nikolaou, N. (2017, May). Looking back’: Clients who have completed their therapy narrate their experience of the therapeutic relationship. Paper presented at the 16th National Congress of Psychological Research [in Greek], Thessaloniki, Greece

Christofis, O. Kyriazopoulou, E., Peppa, E., Saliaris, K..Zeriti, M. (2013, October). Critical events in the process of long-term systemic therapy from the perspective of individual clients and their therapists. Poster presented at the 8th EFTA Congress, Istanbul. 

Moschakis, C. & Viou, M. (2017, July). What does love have to do with therapy? A narrative analysis of how clients perceive and experience therapists’ emotional expressions. Paper presented at the 8th World Congress of Psychotherapy, Paris, France.

Moschakis, C., Viou, M., Nikolaou, A. (2017, July). What does love have to do with therapy? A narrative analysis of how clients perceive and experience therapists’ emotional expressions. Paper presented at the 8th World Congress of Psychotherapy, Paris, France.

        Nikolaou, N., Viou, M. & Moschakis, C. (2017, March). What love has to do with

therapy? Client’s perceptions of therapists’ emotional expressions. Presentation at the International Systemic Research Conference, Heidelberg, Germany.

 Viou, M. & Moschakis, C. (2016, September). In a “whirlpool”: Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of a client’s experience with panic attacks. Poster presented at the 9th EFTA Congress, Athens. [Article submitted for publication].

Viou, M. & Moschakis, C. (2014). The understanding and use of the concept of creativity based on different therapeutic approaches. Working Paper of the Training Institute for Systemic Psychotherapy (ISSN 2441-2778 on-line), Νο 2015/1, Athens [in Greek].

Group therapy

Poimenidou, P., Biniori, D., Christodoulaki, C., Zerma, K., Androutsopoulou, A. (2017). ‘Beyond the dark side of life’: Processes of theme co-construction and revision in a systemic group-therapy session. Human Systems: The Journal of Therapy, Consultation and Training, 28, 257-268.

Poimenidou, P., Biniori, D., Christodoulaki, M., Zerma, K. (2016, September). Co-constructing a central theme: Microanalysis of a systemic group-therapy session. Poster presented at the 9th EFTA Congress, Athens. (Most innovative poster award)

Poimenidou, P., Biniori, D., Christodoulaki, M., Zerma, K., Androutsopoulou, A. (2017, March). ‘Beyond the dark side of life’: Processes in theme co-construction in systemic group-therapy. Presentation at the International Systemic Research Conference, Heidelberg, Germany

Papageorgiou, S., Filia, M., Gkotsi , G., Regli, D., Zougrou, K., Androutsopoulou, A. (2017).Seeing eye to eye’: A qualitative case study of significant moments in a systemic group therapy session. Human Systems: The Journal of Therapy, Consultation and Training, 28, 235-244.

Zougrou, K., Filia, M., Gkotsi, G., Papageorgiou, S., Regli, D. (2016, September).A window into the process’: A qualitative case study into significant moments of an enriched systemic group therapy session. Poster presented at the 9th EFTA Congress, Athens. (4 awards: (i) best overall poster award, (ii) scientific poster award, (iii)artistic poster award, (iv) best student poster award)

Sexuality and LGBT issues

Bafiti, T., Tarasis, P. & Viou, M. (in print) ‘Stepping up the ladder in safety’:  An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of how LGB clients experience their therapists’ sexual orientation. The European Journal of Counselling Psychology.

Bafiti, T., Tarasis, P., Viou, M. (2016). Non-LGBT therapists working with LGBT clients: dilemmas, reflections and experiences. Workshop presented at the 9th EFTA Congress, Athens.

Viou, M., Bafiti, T., Tarasis, P. (2018, September). Therapists’s sexual orientation: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of LGB clients’ perceptions and experiences. Abstract submitted to the 7th Conference on Qualitative Research on Mental Health, Berlin, Germany.

Viou, M. & Moschakis, C. (2015, June).  Lesbian and Gay families: Exploring clients’ thoughts and considerations. Paper presented at the 20th EAP Congress on Gender and Psychotherapy, Athens. Posted at researchgate.net DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.1181.8648.

Viou, M., Zeriti, M. & Kyriazopoulou, E. (2015, June). Sexuality in Greek Women’s Magazines: A thematic analysis. Paper presented at the 20th EAP Congress on Gender and Psychotherapy, Athens.

Viou, M. & Kalofonou, P. (2013, October). Lesbian and Gay families: Understanding the dilemmas that emerge for family therapists. Poster presented at the 8th EFTA Congress, Istanbul.

D.    Narrative study of lives

Famous people

Georgia o’ Keeffe

Androutsopoulou, A., Dima, E., Gioni, F., Regli, D., Papageorgiou, S., Papanikolaou, T. (2017, July). ‘Love, play, work’: An extended narrative analysis of O’ Keeffe’s beginning and ending autobiography episodes. Paper presented at the 8th World Congress of Psychotherapy, Paris, France.

Papageorgiou, S., Papanikolaou, T. Gioni, F., Dima, E., Regli, D., Androutsopoulou, A., (2017, May). ‘Love, play, work’: Narrative analysis of O’ Keeffe’s beginning and ending autobiography episodes. Symposium presentation 16th National Congress of Psychological Research of the Hellenic Psychological Association (ΕΛΨΕ), Thessaloniki, Greece [in Greek].

Androutsopoulou, A., Dima, E., Papageorgiou, S., Papanikolaou, T. (2018). Constructing “Georgia”: Love, play, work as a central theme in O’ Keeffe’s early and late memories. Manuscript in preparation.

 Frida Kahlo

Passa, I., Tarnara, E., Kalyvopoulos, I., Koukidis, E., Koutsavgousti, G., Tsatsaroni, C., Androutsopoulou, A., C. (2017, May). “Nobody’s husband”: A narrative analysis of Frida Kahlo’s essay ‘Portrait of Diego’. Symposium presentation 16th National Congress of Psychological Research of the Hellenic Psychological Association (ΕΛΨΕ), Thessaloniki, Greece [in Greek] [available in English].

Tsatsaroni, C., Koutsavgousti, G., Androutsopoulou, A. (June, 2018). “Beloved monster”: Unheard voices of anger and resentment in Frida Kahlo’s essay ‘Portrait of Diego’. Symposium presentation at the 10th International Conference on the Dialogical Self (ICDS), Braga, Portugal.

Virginia Woolf

Rozou, E., Vakondiou, M., Nioti, N., Androutsopoulou, A (2017, May). ‘Addressing the Memoir Club.’ Narrative strategies in Virginia Woolf’s recollections of sexual abuse. Symposium presentation 16th National Congress of Psychological Research of the Hellenic Psychological Association (ΕΛΨΕ), Thessaloniki, Greece [in Greek] [available in English].

Androutsopoulou, A., Moschona, A., Nioti, N., Rozou, E., Vakondiou, M. Yfanti, K., Zisi, O. (2015, June). Virginia Woolf’s “22 Hyde Park Gate”: A narrative analysis of her autobiographical speech on family sexual abuse. Poster presented at the 20th EAP Congress, Athens. Posted at researchgate.net doi:10.13140/RG.2.1.2142.024

Androutsopoulou, A. (2018). “My broken chrysalis”: Narrative processes in Virginia Woolf’s autobiographical writings of sexual trauma. Manuscript in preparation.

Androutsopoulou, A., Rozou, E., Vakondiou, M. (June, 2018). “A battle against depression”: Inner voices struggle in the final days of Virginia Woolf. Symposium presentation at the 10th International Conference on the Dialogical Self (ICDS), Braga, Portugal.

Franz Kafka

Varytimidou, Ν., Karampasi, K., Tsagkana, S. (2018, June). “Dearest father”: The presence of parental voice in Franz Kafka’s famous letter. Symposium presentation at the 10th International Conference on the Dialogical Self (ICDS), Braga, Portugal.

Paul Klee

Poimenidou, P. (2018, September). Narrative analysis of Paul Klee's personal diaries based on the concept of the “prototypical scene”: A psychobiographical study. Abstract submitted to the 7th Conference on Qualitative Research on Mental Health, Berlin, Germany.

Everyday people

Androutsopoulou, A. & Stefanou, M.M. (in print). Seeking “home”: Personal narratives and turning points in the lives of homeless. The European Journal of Counselling Psychology.

Stefanou, M.M. & Androutsopoulou, A. (2016, November). ‘Street talk’: Homelessness and narrative construction of self. Paper presented at the 6th National Congress of Counseling Psychology of the Hellenic Psychological Association (ΕΛΨΕ), Athens. [in Greek]

Melis, T., Alogogianni, K., Stergiou, K., Kasdovasili, E., (2018, September). “It all began when…” Narratives of parents with children who survived cancer. Poster presented at the 7th Conference on Qualitative Research on Mental Health, Berlin, Germany.

Kolomvrezou, A., Fragkouli, N., Katsarou, E., Tsolaki, S., E. Valma (2018, June). "Just my voice": Narratives of early family experiences of voice hearers. Poster presented at the 10th International Conference on the Dialogical Self (ICDS), Braga, Portugal.

Papaharalambous, A., Nikolaidou, N., Karamani, I., Asilian, E. (2018, September). “And the love you gave me…”: Attachment stories of adolescents living in residential care. Poster presented at the 7th Conference on Qualitative Research on Mental Health, Berlin, Germany.